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January 29, 2015 | NPR · Catch the sights and sounds of two recently departed artists, an exuberant celebration of life and a deeply engrossing — and ear-splittingly adrenalized — documentary.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Greek songman Demis Roussos lived an enormously colorful life, from his start as a prog-rock pioneer to being held captive by Hezbollah terrorists. He died Sunday at age 68 in Athens.
 

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January 25, 2015 | NPR · Brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman formed Dengue Fever in the late ’90s, inspired by 1960s Cambodian psych-rock. Rachel Martin speaks with them and singer Chhom Nimol about their album, The Deepest Lake.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Pete Sokolow has been called irascible and a tough-as-nails teacher. He’s also one of the last living links to klezmer’s immigrant pioneers — and to a new generation of musicians, he’s invaluable.
 

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January 13, 2015 | NPR · From Senegal, Colombia, Tunisia and more, some of the most remarkable music groups in the world played over the weekend in New York City.
 

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January 11, 2015 | NPR · Along with the brass band’s Punjabi roots, you’re likely to hear ’70s-style D.C. go-go beats, hip-hop, funk, trance-inducing South Asian Qawwali sounds and traces of South American cumbia.
 

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January 8, 2015 | NPR · Schooled from birth in an ancient instrument, Zakir Hussain always wanted to rock. He found a way to do both after George Harrison gave him some shrewd career advice.
 

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January 4, 2015 | NPR · World music DJ Betto Arcos is back with a stash of music he collected while traveling through Portugal, including a song by someone he considers to be the Frank Sinatra of fado.
 

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December 17, 2014 | WXPN · Hailu Mergia, a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who lives in the U.S., will get you anywhere you need to go in our nation’s capital.
 

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December 13, 2014 | NPR · When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they’ve released two albums and toured the U.S.
 

 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Jeptoo, the three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. Last year, she was well on her way to winning the World Marathon Majors championship.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country’s institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China’s leaders and political system.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · In part two of David Greene’s conversation with Bill Parcells, the legendary football coach discusses how he dealt with players’ drug use, and redemption for the former Baltimore Raven running back.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · The show’s first new music show of 2015 features a fierce new track by Chilean singer Camila Moreno.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what’s going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.
 

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